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[this minute thursday]


i found a new blog to read! this isn’t surprising at all actually, since i literally could read blogs 24/7. but in one of her first posts i read, breanna rose said she was noticing a trend of bloggers having “currently…” posts as a way to shed light on things going on in their lives. because i adore alliteration (ha!) i’ve decided to make a weekly posting called “this minute thursday” where i can share little peeks into my daily life. besides the obvious that i pretty much overshare in every post (hello flossing!) i love the idea of daily snippets, especially if the categories can ebb and flow with my mood and whim. for example one week i might be working on a big project and i can share a little sneak peek, but another weak maybe i’ll be craft-slackin’. but i’ll probably always be snackin’… ha.


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[pinning] i know many people are over pinterest (those people obviously aren’t as dedicated as i am. hmph) or say it actually drains creativity. however, i love pinterest and while i’ve been pinning less aggressively than in the past, i’m currently using it to collect images for our hopefully soon acquired bar and bar gallery wall. check out my boards for some inspiration! 

[reading] a casual vacancy by j.k. rowling. i’m still early on and having a hard time keeping track of all the characters but i’ve heard that gets easier the more you dive in. i only read the first four harry potter books (i know, sacrilegious to some people) so i was excited to see how her “adult” novel would be. i liker her writing a lot, and it has been fun to look up the british slang i don’t understand. i don’t think it will become my favorite book of all time because i’m just not hooked on it, but it’s keeping me entertained on the bus.

[on repeat] only you by ellie goulding! this song is so infectious and puts me in the greatest mood ever. i like a few of her other songs, but this one is by far my favorite. other things i’m thumbs-upping (that’s a phrase, right?) on my pandora is anything by florence + the machine (particularly breath of life from the snow white and the huntsmen soundtrack) and countdown by beyonce. still can’t get enough of that song, or her, frankly. i also really like the new will.i.am and britney spears song: scream & shout, even though it’s pretty dumb. jesse and i like to bump it in the car and pretend we’re dancing like britney- aka basically just moving our arms and shoulders dramatically… overshare? seriously though, watch the video and you’ll see what i mean.

[looking forward to] so much! but specifically the posts that are basically pouring out of my fingertips at the moment! i’m sure i’ll have a lull at some point, but right now i’m loving this momentum. the fourth pic above are some of the notebooks where i’ve been furiously scrawling ideas and full posts while i’m at work, on the metro, and when i wake up in the morning. i’m also looking forward to making some of those aforementioned bar pins into a reality; jesse has befriended a carpenter so we are going to have one custom built for our beloved apartment 802!

any categories you’d like to see next thursday? what are you guys currently reading, listening to, looking forward to, or pinning? leave a link to your pinterest if you have one and i’ll follow you (especially if you pin lots of pics of puppies and cocktail recipes, my two favorite things).


golden globes recap


(alternate title: how i saw basically 2 of the movies and feel like my opinion is valid)

ok so i love fashion as much as the next person. and i of course like to gawk at celebrities; perez hilton was in fact the first blog i actually read on the regular, before i knew people wrote blogs about design, crafts, and fashion.  but i’m a little disappointed that i haven’t read a single opinion of the actual awards and their recipients. maybe it’s because most of the blogs i read are fashion focused more than entertainment focused, but still. the golden globes are one of my personal faves because it’s tv and movies. as so many jokes pointed out, it’s where the beautiful celebrities of hollywood rub elbows with tv’s unbecoming stars. or something. that was the gist i think. anyway, i was very pleased with some of the outcomes and disappointed in others. after writing a review on every single award given last night, i thought i would spare you the 7 pages in a word document and only share with you the ones i had somewhat valid opinions on. 

best motion picture: drama

winner: argo

(also nominated: django unchained, life of pi, lincoln, zero dark thirty)

so i actually only saw one of these five movies, but i was kind of irked that zero dark thirty was included even though it opened the friday before and only in select theaters. i mean i KNOW it’s going to be brilliant because kathryn bigelow is brilliant, but come on, give the other guys a chance. that being said, i was super pleased that it didn’t win just because of hype. the only movie i actually saw was django unchained, which i thoroughly enjoyed. i thought leo, jamie, sam, and christoph (as if we’re on a first name basis) were all brilliant and worthy of awards, as well as q.t. (bahaha i bet if someone called him that he would be super annoyed.) i didn’t see argo, but i love ben affleck and was happy that his movie won because i’ve heard so many amazing things about it and am now even more excited to see it. i’m also thrilled for him since the oscars totally snubbed him on the best film and direction fronts. one final point- where was perks of being a wallflower in these nominations? seriously did anyone see that movie? it was incredible. moving, funny, tragic, and committed to the details. and the acting was superb, especially by patrick (played by ezra miller) and charlie (played by logan lerman).

{{i have nothing to add on the best actor and actress in a motion picture (drama) because i didn’t see any of the movies. all i can say is that jessica chastain (winner for zero dark thirty) seems very likable although her hairstylist should be put in timeout.}}

best motion picture: comedy or musical

winner: les miserables

(also nominated: the best exotic marigold hotel, moonrise kingdom, salmon fishing in the yemen, silver linings playbook)

ok this got me really fired up. FIRST OF ALL i think that the musicals being lumped in with the comedies is a baloney sandwich. i think that musicals should be allowed to fit into either category depending on whether or not they’re a comedy or a drama. because let’s be honest, les mis is not a comedy. i didn’t see the film but i’ve seen the show (thanks aunt rae and uncle hank!) and i cried way more than i laughed. let’s examine the film’s name, shall we? point made. i have heard great things about the best exotic marigold hotel, haven’t heard a lot about salmon fishing in the yemen, but very much liked moonrise kingdom and ADORED silver linings playbook. one of my favorite movies from the past year. bradley cooper and jennifer lawrence were brilliant but more on that later, obviously. i really feel like silver linings playbook got robbed. yes i know that les mis did all their singing live on film which is incredible and doesn’t happen ever, but it just shouldn’t be in this category! ugh!

best actress in a motion picture: comedy or musical

winner: jennifer lawrence, silver linings playbook

(also nominated: emily blunt: salmon fishing in the yemen, judi dench: the best exotic marigold hotel, maggie smith: quartet, meryl streep: hope springs)

i have an unnaturally large girl crush on jennifer lawrence, so i’m undoubtedly pleased that the golden globes recognized her portrayal of tiffany in silver linings playbook. i recently watched winter’s bone and even though i didn’t love the movie, she was also excellent in that as well. and obviously i’m a hunger games freak so let’s be honest, i just like the girl. and man was she up against some toughies! i mean judi dench and meryl streep? it was adorable during her speech when she said “i beat meryl!” i’m not sure why no one really laughed, because obviously everyone was thinking it and jealous of the gal who beat the indestructible, basically undefeated meryl (ok, i’m exaggerating, i can’t back up these stats but honestly, meryl always wins! deservedly! except here. which i can’t provide adequate evidence for since i didn’t see any of the other movies. oops.) i just like j-law ok? she just seems so down to earth and cool and like a normal girl i could actually be friends with. we’d hang out and eat cheeseburgers and chat about cute costars (hers: bradley cooper and liam hemsworth, mine: jesse)

best actor in a motion picture: comedy or musical

winner: hugh jackman, les miserables

(also nominated: jack black: bernie, bradley cooper: silver linings playbook, bill murray: hyde park on hudson, ewan mcgregor: salmon fishing in the yemen)

again with this comedy or musical garbage! i’m sorry, but bradley cooper should’ve won. whatever, i’m bitter. i like hugh jackman, he’s not bad on the eyes, but i was so sad that brad didn’t win… especially since jennifer did. he seemed a bit disappointed, rightfully so, which breaks my heart even more. i just love that he really broke the mold with his prior typecasting and hit it out of the park.

best supporting actress

winner: anne hathaway, les miserables

(also nominated: amy adams: the master, sally field: lincoln, helen hunt: the sessions, nicole kidman: the paperboy)

don’t care, sorry. though i did tear up when anne thanked sally field for showing her that female actresses can grow and mature and go from fun, fluffy roles to serious acting, like anne did with the princess diaries. her agents are probably like “shh don’t mention the princess of genovia” but those movies made here  a family name and i respect that she owned it .

best supporting actor

winner: christoph waltz, django unchained

(also nominated: alan arkin: argo, leo dicaprio: django unchained, philip seymour hoffman: the master, tommy lee jones: lincoln)

yay! i would’ve been super pleased with either christoph waltz or leo winning because they were both superb. i maybe wanted to see leo win slightly more (ever so slightly) because his role was probably more challenging to really commit to (i mean he’s playing a very real, very despicable man) and he committed way more than he has with any of  his supermodels for example… but christoph waltz is a genius and i think he’s just the cutest guy. i feel like q.t. definitely wrote the part for him and i love that loyalty between them.

best director: motion picture

winner: ben affleck, argo

(also nominated: kathryn bigelow: zero dark thirty, ang lee: life of pi, steven spielberg: lincoln, quentin tarantino: django unchained)

wow ben! pat yourself on the back. like jennifer lawrence, you just beat the big dogs. all of them. i mean i really didn’t think he would win, but i’m so pleased he did. now it’s even more abundantly clear that i must go see your film. also your wife is cute. so good job on that too.

i only have a few more comments, i promise. so glad skyfall won for best song in a motion picture. adele is the cutest.  i thought i would have a lot more to say about the television nominees since i watch a lot of tv, but it turns out i’m watching the wrong shows apparently, so i’ll only comment on a few.

best television series: comedy or musical

winner: girls

(also nominated: the big bang theory, episodes, modern family, smash)

so i’m torn on this one. i l-o-v-e modern family. every episode i argue with myself over who is my favorite couple. it’s truly a hilarious tv show. however, hbo did a naughty thing to us and gave us a free weekend conveniently when they were airing the entire first season of girls leading up to the season two premiere. so naturally i got hooked and it was fresh in my mind and i think lena dunham is a badass, so i was pleased with this outcome. i could probably write an entire post dedicated to girls, and i definitely wouldn’t be the first one to do so (alaina of the everygirl writes poignantly on this here)  because it’s so complex and dividing and authentic. but i will spare you. i still love you modern family, but i think this was a deserving win. also, how is smash even nominated? i do in fact tivo this show and watch it, but i cannot stand it. a total waste of time.

best actress in a tv series: comedy or musical

winner: lena dunham, girls

(also nominated: zooey deschanel: new girl, tina fey: 30 rock, julia louis-dreyfus: veep, amy poehler: parks and recreation)

no surprise here. lots of amazing and seasoned actresses in this category though, so a double congrats to lena. i also (like so many other bloggers) was uncomfortable by her walking in heels (or trying to) and her reading from a speech, but i also think she’s endearing and so very real, so i won’t hold it against her. BUT how awkward was aziz ansari when presenting this award though? was he trying (and failing) to be funny or was he just drunk? i felt bad for jason bateman, who is super adorable if you hadn’t noticed.

so there you have it my friends. a very longwinded diatribe of the golden globes, and i even omitted many categories! (you’re welcome) aren’t you excited for the oscars and the emmys now? and let us not forget about the grammys! next time i’ll keep it shorter, although no promises because sometimes i get on a roll and really commit and then can’t help myself.

now it’s your turn– any disappointments with the winners at the golden globes? am i totally wrong about les miserables? what were your favorite movies of 2012? do you have a girl crush on jennifer lawrence too? i’d love to hear your comments!